Author encourages student resilience
SENIOR students at Southern River College were treated to a visit from author Deb Fitzpatrick as part of Book Week.
Ms Fitzpatrick, whose books include 90 Packets of Instant Noodles, Have You Seen Ally Queen, The Break and The Spectacular Spencer Gray, spoke to Year 11 students studying English at a university entrant level.
With exams looming for most of the students, the author talked about the importance of resilience in the face of adversity and how students could apply it.
Southern River College English teacher Denise Schultz said Ms Fitzpatrick also spoke about writing techniques and themes which would help students ahead of exams.
“In class we talk a lot about an author's context so it will be great for our students to gain insight into an author's process firsthand,” she said.
“She stressed the need for constantly reflecting your own work and that is something we aspire to encourage in all aspects of their course work.”
Year 11 students Amrullah Ismail (left) and Blaze-Marie Kingi with author Deb Fitzpatrick.